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Final Pac-12 Productivity Report: UCLA’s Drew top role player, not most productive point guard statistically





Larry Drew ranked as the No. 8 point guard in the Pac-12 based on his productivity rating

UCLA guard Larry Drew ranked as the No. 7 point guard in the Pac-12 based on his productivity rating but was No. 1 when playing to his role

The WILDABOUTAZCATS.net productivity rating system is about a player effective in a variety of ways in each minute — making field goals and free throws, rebounding, tallying assists and scoring without missing a lot of shots and committing turnovers.

It is about a player with different skill sets.

It is not about who is the most valuable to a team. This system is statistics based, not one derived from opinion.

In my opinion, UCLA senior point guard Larry Drew II belongs on any Pac-12 first-team list based on his leadership value to the regular-season champion Bruins. Drew knew that for UCLA to function he must distribute the ball to freshmen Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams. Drew should be the national Role Player of the Year.

Statistically speaking, when factoring more categories than only assists and turnovers, Drew is not an all-around elite productivity player in the same respect as a point guard like Damon Stoudamire or Mike Bibby.

Drew’s productivity rating — based on this site’s system — is only .399 (productivity points divided by minutes played, see glossary for definition) in conference games and .420 in all of UCLA’s games. By comparison, when Stoudamire was a senior at Arizona, his overall productivity rating was .883 and Bibby’s rating was .805 when he was the Pac-10 Player of the Year as a sophomore.

ASU's Jahii Carson ended the regular season with the highest productivity rating among Pac-12 point guards

ASU’s Jahii Carson ended the regular season with the highest productivity rating among Pac-12 point guards

Steve Kerr, a more comparable point guard to Drew because of his nearly 5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as a senior, had a productivity rating of .617 in his last season with Arizona.

Drew tallied 239 assists with only 72 turnovers during the regular season, but he also shot 59.1 percent from the free-throw line and averaged only 7.3 points.

Drew’s .399 productivity rating in Pac-12 games is seventh among conference point guards, following ASU’s Jahii Carson (.579), Cal’s Justin Cobbs (.559), Arizona’s Mark Lyons (.553), Washington State’s Royce Woolridge (.529), Stanford’s Chasson Randle (.489) and Washington’s Abdul Gaddy (.404),

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— Stanford junior forward Dwight Powell is the Pac-12’s Productivity Player of the Year, topping all conference players with a rating of .794. The Pac-12 Player of the Year as chosen by the league’s coaches, Cal junior forward Allen Crabbe, finished ranked 10th overall with a rating of .641. Another indicator of how down Pac-12 basketball was last year: The conference Player of the Year — Cal guard Jorge Gutierrez — had a productivity rating of only .606.

Stanford's Dwight Powell had the highest productivity rating in the Pac-12 season

Stanford’s Dwight Powell had the highest productivity rating in the Pac-12 season

— Three teams finished with a team productivity rating of at least .500 — UCLA (.528), Arizona (.511) and Stanford (.503). Look out for the Cardinal, which plays ASU in the first Pac-12 tournament game Wednesday. Stanford is dangerous with Powell and surging wing player Josh Huestis (.656) and Randle. Stanford swept Cal by scores of 69-59 and 83-70. The Cardinal finished 9-9 in league play but four of those losses were by five points or less.

— The Productivity Coach of the Year is UCLA’s Ben Howland. The Bruins finished with a winning percentage of .722 (13-5 record) and a productivity rating of .528, a plus-.194 differential. Howland is followed by Oregon’s Dana Altman (plus-.191), Cal’s Mike Montgomery (plus-.177) and Arizona’s Sean Miller (plus-.155). On the flipside, Oregon State’s Craig Robinson is at the bottom with a minus-.254 differential.

PAC-12’s TOP TEN
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PRODUCTIVITY LEADERS
Players listed are top six in minutes played in Pac-12 games
GLOSSARY:
S: Number of starts.
PP: Productivity Points (Points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocked shots, FGs made, FTs made added together and then subtracted by missed FGs, missed FTs, personal fouls and turnovers)
MIN: Minutes played
PR: Productivity rating per minute played (Productivity points divided by minutes played)


ARIZONA (12-6)
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ARIZONA STATE (9-9)
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COLORADO (10-8)
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UTAH (5-13)
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (9-9)
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UCLA (13-5)
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CALIFORNIA (12-6)
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STANFORD (9-9)
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OREGON (12-6)
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OREGON STATE (4-14)
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WASHINGTON (9-9)
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WASHINGTON STATE (4-14)
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